Penny*, in her early 40s, found herself single again after ten years of marriage.“I moved to Singapore five years ago with my husband, but after ten years of marriage he decided that being married wasn’t what he wanted.Penny: I’ve been on two dates through the Tinder app, and I’ve been lucky as both were good – and “normal”!You do get connected with some odd people, but you can just un-match with them.If you’re both on the same page, some guys can actually become your friends in the long run, which is also cool.Penny: I’m still fairly old-fashioned, and I think you can meet someone through friends and social networks, although I’ve also dated men I’ve met in bars here.Whether you relocated on your own or you’ve been unintentionally thrown into the singles scene through the breakdown of a relationship, dating in an unfamiliar country can be both exciting and daunting.
However, after a recent trip to Dubai, I would suggest to any single ladies to get yourself there for a girls’ weekend – there are men everywhere!
If, like me, you don’t want anything serious, there are plenty of options for meeting people.
Susan: The Screening Room rooftop bar is good during the week; and it’s not crowded, in case you’re anxious about seeing people you might know. Penny: I’m originally from Sydney, where there are plenty of available men.
There also seem to be a lot of younger guys out there who are into older women – something I wouldn’t say no to!
Susan: I’m a rookie, so I’ve only been on a handful of dates, and all of them have gone quite well.